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Millions of children lack books in their homes or cannot access books elsewhere. Their school libraries have been shut down, they live too far away from public libraries and their families cannot afford to buy books, which average $10 a piece. For many families, taking care of basic needs will always win over buying books.

Little Free Library® helps solve this problem, and we can do more with your help and pledge today. 96% of Little Free Library's expenses are covered through the sales of our products. We are a social enterprise non-profit. Hence, nearly every cent raised from this campaign will help us:

  • Install hundreds more Little Free Libraries that 'kick start" brighter futures for thousands of children through the power of literacy,
  • Water book deserts - rural or urban areas where books are difficult to access or afford, 
  • Help teachers provide books to their students that they can take home to enjoy and build their reading skills during summer and year-round,
  • Provide police departments with Libraries of Understanding that will help them engage with youths and encourage them to read.
  • Positively impact at least 100 communities through the power of reading.

How is the possible? Because Little Free Library®, is the organization that started and sustains a growing global literacy movement. 

  • Have trajectory and reach, growing from one library to 27,000 in just 5 years and there are now Little Free Libraries in every U.S. state, every Canadian province and in 80 other countries,
  • Have circulated 40 million free books through our libraries, making us a successful part of the sharing economy,
  • Have a strong network of book-loving and community-building stewards who last year alone put 2.7 million volunteer hours into building a culture of reading in their neighborhoods,
  • Have powerful literacy partners like Library of Congress' Center of the Book, American Library Association, First Book, International Literacy Association, Books for Africa, and Room to Read, to name a few.

Show your compassion through action by helping us “kick start” this initiative today.

Join the conversation at #givebooks on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.

For many, they rarely have a reason to talk with those closest to them. Little Free Library is a catalyst for neighborhood conversation as stories are swapped, literature shared and deeper connections made. Little Free Library brings literacy right to the curbside, building cultures of readers. 

Each Little Free Library acts as a “mini town square” and book distribution center, where children and adults can meet, connect and pick up a good book. An individual or group of stewards regularly care for each Library and ensures that it is in good repair, friendly and regularly stocked with high-quality books.

Hailed by the New York Times as a “global sensation,” Little Free Libraries are becoming a widely accepted way to not only share books and encourage the love of reading, but strengthen community ties and connect face-to-face in an increasingly digital world.

Little Free Library's Libraries of Understanding help police departments and civic groups build relationships with whom they protect and serve, and provide youths hope of brighter futures through the wonder of books.

We want to double and deepen our impact and build 50,000 Little Free Libraries by 2017. With a little help from friends like you, we can reach this goal.


Can I select more than one reward?

Absolutely! Select one of the rewards first, and then add up the total amount of all the rewards you'd like and enter that as the total amount you're going to pledge.

After that is completed come back to this page and click the "Contact Me" button under the "Back this Project" button on the top right side of the page and let us know which combination of rewards you'd like. After we receive your message we'll send you a confirmation and you're all set!


What happens if you don't reach your goal?

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing venture so if we are unable to reach our goal amount of $50,000 we'll receive none of the pledges, and none of our backer's credit cards will be charged. Yes, this makes us a little nervous, but we really need this amount to make a difference so please band with us and help to bring more books to communities in need!

What happens if you exceed your goal? Do you have stretch goals?

After we do an embarrassing happy dance, we have great things in store for our stretch goals.

  • With every $500 extra raised, we can positively impact another community with a Little Free Library and a book-loving steward to ensure its success.This is a conservative assessment. We can usually do even more,
  • With an extra $10,000 we can mobile optimize our website with a modern responsive design.
  • With an extra $20,000 we can upgrade our technology to better respond to needs of our community and those hoping to bring Little Free Libraries to their neighborhoods,
  • With an extra $50,000 we can better build our infrastructure to meet global demands on our organization that are growing every day.
$550 Pledge - Color Tome Little Fere Library
$550 Pledge - Color Tome Little Fere Library
$500 Pledge - Amish Built Little Free Library
$500 Pledge - Amish Built Little Free Library
A branded cause-related marketing sign for library sponsors
A branded cause-related marketing sign for library sponsors
$50 Reward: Men's Take Me To Your Reader Organic Cotton T-Shirt
$50 Reward: Men's Take Me To Your Reader Organic Cotton T-Shirt

"When my husband and I planted a Little Free Library -- a community book exchange -- in front of our Minneapolis bungalow, the response from the neighborhood was immediate, and immediately positive."
5 Reasons To Love Little Free Libraries - Huffington Post

"It is, to me, an almost perfect expression of literary democracy: Take a book, return a book, reading not as commodity exchange but exchange of identity, of ideas."
Literary democracy in action: 'The Little Free Library Book' - Los Angeles Times

"The gentleman that's in charge of the Center for the Book said that Little Free Library is the hottest literacy movement in the world," Bol said. "I thought, 'OK, I'll take that.'"Spread the words: Little Free Libraries find global following - MPR News

"If books are your heart and soul, you want to share that with your friends and neighbors. It becomes something that excites people."
Little Free Libraries aim to grow beyond neighborhood curiosity - Chicago Tribune

Have questions? Please visit our FAQ here: littlefreelibrary.org/faqs.

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There are potential potential delays in finding stewards to oversee libraries that we are able to fund.

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    Pledge $3 or more About $3

    “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ― Albert Einstein. Get an exclusive online map of a Colorado to Wisconsin bike route that goes by dozens of Little Free Libraries.

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    Fun and effective is our motif and you'll get a Little Free Library bookmark and a high five by Little Free Library our creator Todd Bol if you ever run into him.

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    You'll know who you are. You'll brake for a Little Free Library, so with this pledge you'll receive a “I brake for Little Free Libraries" bumper sticker.

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    Whatcha readin' kids? Kids who read more excel more. Receive a children's summer reading tracking chart, bookmark and a Whatcha Readin' button.

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    You are the key to our story. Get a Little Free Library keychain/oversized zipper pull made at Amish saddle shop.

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    It's oh so charming! Receive a set of blank greeting cards with hand drawn Little Free Libraries by our artist-in-residence.

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    It's bigger on the inside: Receive a set of blank greeting cards with photos of Dr. Who-inspired Tardis Little Free Libraries.

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    Purely Philanthropic Pledge: Your $20 pledge can help us guide our Little Free Library stewards.

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    All the kids are doing it. Get a Whatcha Readin' t-shirt (kids' sizes).

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    Get the early bird membership to our upcoming "Friends of Little Free Library" membership program that will launch in September 2015. Members will get exclusive content, book deals, and other offers.

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    Get a signed copy of The Little Free Library Book by Margret Aldrich.

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    A sign of intelligent life: Get a Little Free Library "Take me to your reader" organic cotton alien message t-shirt (men's sizes).

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    Be totes awesome: Get a Little Free Library organic tote bag with the message, "Take a book. Return a book."

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    Get a Little Free Library "Carpe Librum: Seize the Book" organic cotton message t-shirt (women's sizes).

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    Help us build our future by becoming a Founding Member of our upcoming "Friends of Little Free Library" membership program that will launch in September 2015. Members will get exclusive content, book deals, other cool offers and recognition.

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    Be poetic: Get a Little Free Library "Carpe Librum: Seize the Book" organic cotton message t-shirt (women's sizes) and a set of blank greeting cards with hand drawn Little Free Libraries by our artist-in-residence.

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    A Proud Nerd Alert: Get a Little Free Library "Take me to your reader" organic cotton t-shirt (men's sizes) and Dr. Who-inspired Tardis Little Free Library note cards.

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    Purely Philanthropic Pledge: Your $77 pledge can help provide books to kids in need.

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    A signed copy of The Little Free Library Book and a tote bag

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    Get a special Little Free Library Steward lapel pin made exclusively for supporters of this Kickstarter campaign and a tote bag.

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    What a good value! Get $150 worth of Chronicle Books - a San Francisco-based independent publisher offering bestselling books, children's books, personalized books & other specialty gifts.

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    Get a bundle of 20 kids books.

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    Digital Badge of Awesome: Get your name/logo on our website as a "proud LFL supporter 2015" and back link to your website.

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    Get a bundle of books for you and we'll send a bundle of books to a Little Free Library steward that serves kids in need.

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    Purely Philanthropic Award: Your $500 pledge will provide kids books for a Little Free Library of Understanding in a community in need.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Sponsor a Library: Get endearing goodwill and cause-related marketing value when your name/logo goes on a sponsorship plaque on a Little Free Library and your logo and back link to your website goes on our website.

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    Pledge $550 or more About $550

    Get a Amish-built Little Free Library of your own at this pledge level. This model is sturdy, weather-resistant, made of plywood and recycled barn wood and ready for you to stain or paint as you wish, but with an attractive cedar roof for added protection.

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    Get a Color Time Little Free Library painted with kid-friendly colors and a special chalkboard paint on 3 sides.

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    Get a Color Time Little Free Library painted with kid-friendly colors and a special chalkboard paint on 3 sides.

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    Sponsor Three Libraries - Get endearing goodwill and/or cause-related marketing value when your name/logo goes on two plaques on Little Free Libraries and your logo and back link to your website goes on our website.

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    Get a gorgeous custom-built Dr. Who-inspired Tardis Little Free Library that's bigger on the inside, just like a book. This reward it limited to only one lucky backer.

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    Sponsor 7 Little Free Libraries! Get endearing goodwill and cause-related marketing value for your business or when your name/logo goes on plaques on 6 Little Free Libraries and your name/logo and back link to your website goes on our website.

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    Sponsor 20 Libraries! Get endearing goodwill and/or cause-related marketing value when your name/logo goes on plaques on 10 Little Free Libraries and your name/logo and back link to your website goes on our website.

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